Alex Smith's journey to return to the football field took another step today. He will take his physical with the Washington Football Team's doctors after being cleared for football activities by his team of doctors.
Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula two seasons ago against the Houston Texans and was immediately rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. His leg got severely infected and he nearly lost it and his life. Smith had 17 surgeries to fix the leg and eliminate the infection. His recovery was featured in the ESPN documentary Project 11.
NFL Network and the Athletic are reporting that Alex Smith is expected to pass his physical and start training camp on the active/PUP list. This will allow him to work on the side with trainers while they assess his leg. He will also be working with the team's two young QBs Dwayne Haskins Jr. And Kyle Allen.
Among the other benefits of Alex Smith being able to work out on the side — He gets to be around the other QBs on Washington’s team. His experience is valuable. https://t.co/rzxuyPRu8l— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 27, 2020
One thing to keep in mind with Smith is how he responds to practice day in and day out. Colt McCoy had issues during camp last year when trying to push it every day. They’ll have to work Smith in gradually https://t.co/QfQJT43Y8s— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) July 27, 2020
Washington coach Ron Rivera tells @TheAthleticDC he anticipates Alex Smith will be cleared today for football activities & be placed on the PUP list. That would mean cleared to work on the side w/ the trainers so the team can monitor the leg. Amazing Smith has come this far.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) July 27, 2020